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Year 3/4: Lions Class

A message from the Class Teacher

Welcome to Lions class! We have lots of exciting activities planned for this term and the year ahead, starting with our topic this term which is Ancient Egypt. The children have already located Egypt using mapping tools in the ICT suite and have also created some fantastic desert landscape pictures. 


This term, we will be working hard to improve our mental maths, especially the recall of times tables and addition and subtraction facts. To help with this, we will be completing a weekly Big Maths challenge. The challenge comprises a series of timed tests. We will practise the test during the week and then complete the actual test each Friday. The children can then bring their test home to practise for homework so they can try and beat their score the following week.

The link below has a list of fun, current and familiar pop songs adjusted to help children learn their times tables in an enjoyable manner. 



In English we will spend the year looking at a variety of books and carrying out a wide range of reading and writing activities based around them.  We will also be developing our reading and writing skills through a range of both short films and longer chapter books.  Spelling is a big focus this year, so we will be looking at mnemonics, tricks and tips to help us improve our knowledge of how words are written. Children will have the opportunity to enter Spelling Shed competitions to support this. Furthermore, we will be improving our reading skills to work on our comprehension of texts on a variety of topics. 


In Lions class, we love to read, with a cosy reading corner to enjoy quiet reading every day. As well as the school’s reading scheme and prizes for achieving different levels, we also have a reading competition in the class to celebrate any reading at home. We encourage any type of reading, including newspapers, magazines, even leaflets and recipes – it all helps!


P.E is on Friday afternoon, though it is useful to keep P.E kits in school from Monday-Friday as the children regularly participate in additional PE and sports workshops.


Homework is sent home on Thursday and should be returned to school by the following Tuesday. Homework will comprise of a weekly reading comprehension, spellings and a maths task. Miss Raby runs a reading comprehension homework club every Monday lunchtime for any children who would like some extra help.

Term one news

It has been a very busy start to the year. In English, we are reading Gorilla by Anthony Browne and using the story to explore character’s feelings and write dialogue using speech marks. In Maths, we are becoming more confident working with larger numbers and developing our mental arithmetic skills. In P.E, we have started to learn about different passes and we will be applying these skills on the netball court soon. On Friday mornings, children in Year 4 are really fortunate to be receiving brass instrument lessons from a specialist teacher. Watch this space for more news about what we have been learning about and upcoming events.